The rauk is also known as the stone, or granite, tortoise. It is an ordinary tortoise except for the fact that its shell is extremely well camouflaged as a small stone or boulder, and is almost as hard as one. Their eggs are also camouflaged as stones, although they are softer. Rauk are harmless creatures but some Fallen Sun magicians are known to take them as familiars. A magician with a rauk familiar may choose one skill that he is trained in. From now on, he may always Take 10 in this skill, even if rushed or threatened. Even a skill that does not normally allow Taking 10 may be selected. Slow and steady...
Hit Dice: 1d8 (4 hp)
Speed: 10 ft. (2 squares)
Armor Class: 16 (+2 size, -2 Dex, +6 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 16
Base Attack/Grapple: +0/-11
Full Attack None
Space/Reach: 1 ft./1 ft.
Special Attacks: None
Special Qualities: Low-light vision
Saves: Fort +2, Ref -2, Will +1
Abilities: Str 4 (-3), Dex 6 (-2), Con 10 (+0), Int 2 (-4), Wis 12 (+1), Cha 10 (+0)
Skills: Hide +10 (+20 in stony area)
Environment: Rocky desert
Organization: Solitary or pair
Challenge Rating: 1/8
Combat: Rauk have no effective attacks.
Skills: Stationary rauk have a +10 racial bonus to Hide checks amongst rocks and stones.
Also known as the birebore, these snakes are able to burrow through soil and sand almost like a drill. They are nocturnal hunters and scourges of the ura burrows. Birebores use the standard viper snake statistics except that they have a burrow speed rather than a swim speed (with the same rate). There are three common types of birebore.
- Black birebores are the smallest, with the deadliest poison (They are sometimes known as the "Downward Spiral"). Use Small viper snake statistics, except that their poison has a save DC of 15 (+4 racial bonus) and causes 2d6 Con secondary damage. Add 1 to the Challenge Rating.
- Green birebores are not poisonous, and live on a diet of insects. Use Medium viper snake, but remove poison ability. Reduce CR by 2.
- Ivory birebores are the largest, but only the females are poisonous. Use Large viper snake statistics. Males have no poison attack, so reduce CR by 2.
Known locally only as vur (the "oxen" part was added by Imperial explorers), vur oxen are the most common form of herd animal found on Fallen Sun, used particularly by the Imbata people. Like a smallish water buffalo, vur oxen come in a variety of breeds signified by hide colour and horn-shape, but all use the same basic statistics. The thicker crest of hair on the ridge of their spine can be woven into a light, breathable fabric and their meat is tasty with spicy overtones. Their milk makes a fine cheese and can be turned into an alcoholic drink. Use mule statistics, except that a vur ox has a gore attack, using secondary attack scores (-1 attack, 1d8+1 damage) instead of a hoof attack.
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